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Economic Development Administrator – Fostoria Economic Development Corporation

The Fostoria Economic Development Corporation is conducting a search for an Economic Development Administrator to assist in the continued development and growth of the City of Fostoria.   This full-time position will work closely with a variety of companies and organizations to assist in seeing continued community and economic development. 

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Lending Coordinator – Development Finance Authority

Assist loan officer with various tax lien searches, credit report checks etc. for all lending programs
Manage loan closings of all Western Reserve Community Fund (WRCF) loans upon direction from executive director with appropriate approved loan write up and information.

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News

Export Interns Can Help Companies Grow

The Ohio Export Internship Program matches businesses interested in growing exports with highly motivated college students who have taken export-focused coursework. The Ohio Department of Development offers participating small to medium-sized businesses a 50 percent reimbursement for the wages of the intern.

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Ohio University’s Voinovich School Welcomes Misty Crosby as Senior Executive in Residence for Local Government Services

Misty Crosby has been named senior executive in residence for local government services with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service, beginning Monday, Sept. 12, 2022. Crosby, who most recently served as executive director of Buckeye Hills Regional Council in Marietta, has stepped down from her position as regional Trustee to pursue this new role with the University. 

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Columbiana County Port Authority MAP Grants Projects

The Columbiana County Port Authority recently completed three expansion projects for Columbiana County river terminals in the first round of the Ohio Dept. of Transportation Maritime Assistance Program grant.  Through the securing of the grant, with a 50% match of funds, the recipients were able to complete nearly $3 million of combined projects for their business operations on the Ohio River.

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Advocacy

Tracked House Bills – May 2022

Federal News: 

The whole high-price-of-fuel thing?  Yeah, it’s not going to get any better: In a recent NY Times opinion article, a political economics professor at Cambridge put the world on notice that the 1970s fuel crises were chump change compared to what’s coming at us.

With the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, already stressed energy markets were pushed over the edge.  Prior to Putin’s aggression in that country, fuel supplies had already been struggling to meet demand; prices notably surged during the past year.  (This despite the U.S. shale boom during the previous decade; but the rate of growth of shale gas has been falling since 2020.)  And the new OPEC Plus cartel of oil producers now exercises a decidedly anti-U.S. position.

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Tracked Senate Bills – May 2022

State News:

Ohio General Assembly to fast-track townships & smaller cities’ ARPA funds: In anticipation of the 2nd tranche of COVID relief to arrive from the U.S. Treasury this month or next, the G.A. has scheduled HB 377 (described below) for full action before the summer recess to distribute those funds to Ohio’s townships and smaller cities (so-called nonentitlement units of local government, or NEUs, under ARPA).

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Tracked House Bills – April 2022

Federal News:

Real discussions afoot as to changing the global supply chain model of past several decades:  Appearing on Thursday, April 21 at the World Bank and IMF, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told the audience the time has come to rejigger global supply chains that are “not secure.”  With the more aggressive stance taken by adversarial countries such as Russia and its ally China, Secretary Yellen stated that global supply chains had proved to be unstable, and that supply chains should be reshaped around “trusted partners,” even if it meant higher product costs.

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Tracked Senate Bills – April 2022

State News:

JobsOhio embarks on a $50MM national ad campaign to tout the State:  Making ad buys in Austin, New York, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, L.A. and San Francisco, JobsOhio has launched its large-scale advertising campaign to alert these markets to Ohio’s value proposition: it’s a great place to live and operate a business, and it’s a lot cheaper than those markets.

In one example, playing on the city’s tagline, a JobsOhio billboard in Austin announces “Keep Austin Weird…. Like very high cost of living weird.”  (This Texas city has experienced rapid growth, but its housing costs have soared; median home prices in Columbus, which often competes in the same tier, are 62% lower.)

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Tracked House Bills – March 2022

Federal News: 

Ohio’s manufacturing future looks towards chips and semiconductors in the greater Columbus region; with federal help, more investment may be on the way.     

On February 4, 2022 the United States House of Representatives passed the America COMPETES Act of 2022 by a vote of 222 to 210.  Among other measures, the 2,900-page bill allocates nearly $52 billion in grants to subsidize semiconductor manufacturing and another $300 billion for other, related research and development purposes. 

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Events

OEDI 2022 Impact Series

A critical part of economic and community development is understanding the potential impact of development projects, policies and incentives. OEDA’s Impact Services provides intensive grounding in how to use these tools. Great opportunity for elected officials, economic and community developers, planners, nonprofit development organizaitons and anyone who wants to be a strong advocate for their communities.

Save the Dates for the In-Person OEDA Annual Summit!

It sure has been a while… We are so excited to be back as the 2021 Annual Summit returns to an in-person event this year!

This 2021 Annual Summit is designed to help you re-connect and re-energize while making sure you have the information you need to achieve success in your community.

This year’s conference is built around two days of general sessions and multiple networking opportunities. It ends with a celebration of Ohio’s economic and workforce development community at the 2021 Excellence Awards.  Stay tuned for more details; the final schedule will be released later this month.